Gudrun Johnston, Patron of the Shetland Wool Week 2017, is our interview guest in the Fruity Knitting Podcast Episode 38. Although now based in the US, Gudrun’s heritage is in Shetland, and she maintains close ties and shares the islands culture with others via her fiber tours. Our guest on Knitters of the World is Natasja Hornby from Amsterdam. Natasja has a background in design and a strong sense of style. We continue our Brioche theme in New Releases, with Dandelion Fields by Lesley Anne Robinson. Madeleine is heading to Oz, we get a taste of Swedish Two End knitting, and lots more.
Gudrun Johnston Interview
Gudrun Johnston was born in Shetland, her mother Patricia Johnston was a very influential knitwear designer in Shetland in the 70s and although Gudrun is based in the U.S. her beautiful designs very much reflect her Shetland heritage.
Gudrun has published two gorgeous collections of knitwear in her Shetland Trader series, she has also been published in several prominent magazines and most recently Brooklyn Tweed have announced that she will be part of their design team.
Apart from designing amazing knitwear, Gudrun also has a strong connection to the knitting community as a well-respected teacher and through her fiber related tours of the Shetland Islands that she organises. Gudrun is the Patron of the Shetland Wool Week for 2017. During the interview she talks about her role as patron and the inspiration behind her Bousta Beanie – the official (free pattern) hat for the Shetland Wool Week.
Gudrun’s mother called her knitwear business in the 70s ‘The Shetland Trader’ and Gudrun is proud to continue on with the same name on her Blog.
Gudrun is currently working on a collection of designs that are inspired by some of her mother Patricia Johnston’s knitwear designs from the 70s. Here she is with two or her mothers original garments. Such amazing colours!
Finding Gudrun Johnston
Dandelion Fields by Lesley Anne Robinson – Knit Graffiti Designs
You only need two skeins of fingering weight yarn for this lovely half circle brioche shawl. Lesley says she was inspired by rows of dandelions in a field, going from buds, to blossoms and finally releasing their seeds into the wild. A very creative use of the Brioche Knit, Purl, increase and decrease stitches and very doable for the intermediate Brioche knitter!
Patrons can get 10% off the Dandelion Fields pattern at Ravelry and 10% off the recommended Sensible Sock yarn at PeepalooFields on Etsy. Go to patreon.com/fruityknitting for details.
Finding Lesley Anne Robinson and Dandelion Fields
Natasja Hornby – Knitters of the World
Natasja formally studied design and has taught textiles and art but after changing her career to be a forensic youth psychologist and working in an atmosphere of fear and distress, she came back to knitting for comfort and relaxation. With a passion for ‘matchy matchy’, she has designed “his and hers” jumpers, and matching hats and garments.
She’s a very stylist woman! We also get to see a bit of the inner city cafe scene in Amsterdam on a lovely summer morning.
Finding Natasja Hornby
Daffodil by Marie Wallin
Andrea has finally finisher her Daffodil from Marie Wallin’s book Springtime. The yarn used is British Hampshire 4 ply from The Little Grey Sheep in the colourway ‘Dancing with Olive’. The intricate all over pattern is a combination of simple cable braids, panels of a lacey leaf pattern and panels of a twisted stitch pattern.
Madeleine is knitting her first pair of socks as a Christmas present for her Oma (Grandma). She is doing a 2×2 rib on the leg and the top of the foot to keep it a snug fit and a traditional heel flap and gusset. The yarn used is the Blacker Yarns sock yarn Mohair Blend 4-ply
Paris’s Brioche Scarf by Nancy Marchant
Nancy Marchant was our interview guest in Episode 35.
Twined Knitting (Two End Knitting)
Twined knitting dates back to the 1500s and originated in the rural areas of Sweden where it is still used today.
Twined knitting creates a very dense fabric which has a structure that traps heat and is wind proof as well as being extremely hard wearing. It is normally used on hats, gloves and mittens, socks, sleeves and leggings. Normally it’s important to use the traditional yarn which is S spun and Z plied and made into a centre pull ball. You then work with both ends of the same ball of yarn and alternate the yarns with every stitch as well as twisting the yarns around each other every time you change yarns. This makes the strands cover all the openings in the fabric and it gives it a double thickness.
Andrea is experimenting with two left over balls of yarn in different colors so you can better see the stitch pattern that is created on the inside. She needs to learn the basics of this technique before her ‘Advanced Two End Knitting Class’ during the up coming Shetland Wool Week. Has she got it right?
We were wearing
Andrew was wearing the Guido design by Carlo Volpi.
And Madeleine was wearing the Amelia by Alex Pengelly.
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